There are so many bloggers in our community. Everywhere you look there is a post to read, a picture to like, a tweet to retweet and so on. Social media has allowed all of us to express ourselves in all different types of platforms. Instagram has so many photos we can look at and we find ourselves scrolling through hundreds of photos a day. Twitter holds so many usernames that we want to connect with more and more. Facebook is a lot more personal and we can join different groups to find the people we click with. YouTube has billions of videos we can watch. Among them, personal home movies called “vlogs” where we see someones day to day life. Yes, it is right to say that the power of the internet and social media is such an impressive thing.
Following on from that, it is true that it leaves an impression. Mostly, I love connecting with different people. I love that I can find someone that I can relate to and yet be totally invested in someones life that I don’t relate to at all. Social media, I believe, has changed the way we connect with people and how we live our lives. Sometimes we don’t realise it, but social media impacts almost all of our moves. Including our individual voices.
What We Want, When We Want
I won’t lie when I say blogging isn’t easy for me. I don’t come up with original ideas and I actually struggle to motivate myself to write. Throughout school, I used to love creative writing. In fact, I used to love everything and anything creative. However, over time, my confidence has been knocked a lot. Just because I enjoy writing, doesn’t mean I am any good at it. My past blog posts were very photo orientated with hardly any words. Truth be told, I always ran out of things to say. There are only so many sentences you can write to describe something, so I always told myself I wasn’t a good writer. One thing I do love is everything visual. Having a piece of the internet where I can upload what I want, when I want is pretty special. It reminded me that social media and blogging doesn’t necessarily mean good writing, it means even better sharing. Sharing thoughts, opinions, stories etc etc. It doesn’t matter how we do it. Just as long as we share what we want, when we want.
6 Different Blogs…
Blogging was always something I wanted to be apart of. Who wouldn’t want to be apart of a community with such diversity and inspiration? When I was younger, I had a lot of attempts at blogging and YouTube. I have tried sticking to a YouTube channel about 8 times now. I have made over 6 different websites through the years. Each time I attempted my online hobby, my confidence would be knocked by one comment or if something didn’t turn out the way I expected it too. I wanted everyone to love my creative content but fact is, that’s never going to happen – and that’s okay. One day, I thought I’m going to make this blog work. Last year, I started this blog: Smithware. Even though I haven’t been as active on it as I would have hoped for, it is definitely the blog that I have stuck to most. The point is, there doesn’t have to be one try at blogging. If it is something you are passionate about, keep trying. Everyones stories are different in the blogging community, don’t give up on your story.
Speaking of someone else’s story, Abi Richards, one of my ultimate favourite bloggers was kind enough to tell me about her blogging story. P.S she has a beautiful blog, so I would definitely check her out. She tells me,
‘I started my first blog back in 2014 and it was full of shit reviews on the same old beauty products everyone else had done to death, or outfit posts with shocking photography. I was also ridiculously shy about the fact I even had a blog. I didn’t tell anyone, and I had separate social media accounts to promote my posts (to about 23 people lol). I then put down my blogging pen for a few years and watched on as it became this amazing industry.
Towards the end of last year I was literally buzzing with ideas for new blog posts, and I was really getting into fashion, interiors and photography. I decided I needed an outlet for all this creativity and decided to get going with a proper blog this time! My own domain, a proper design and time to shout about it on social media. I guess I was also given a kick up the bum when I got sick, and then returned to work but still felt like there should be something a bit more exciting to life!’
It’s people like Abi that actually inspires me to blog. Abi is so interactive on social media and I guess that her kind comments is what keeps me going. I can can count on two hands the amount of people who are interactive on my social media accounts and Abi is one of them. She is a talented girl who deserves all the love so I will leave her links here.
Blog: Abi Richards
Trying to Keep An Individual Voice
Like I said before, social media is conducting almost all of our moves. When I started attempting blogging all those years ago as a young teen, I was insecure and had no direction so I was social medias ideal victim. I used to, and still sometimes, use social media to decide what to wear, where to eat and even what to think sometimes. Social media is a type of advertisement for some people. I often find myself being victim of buying things, just because I saw it become popular on social media and not because I needed it (and let’s be honest, I can’t afford that life.) Being completely honest, I used to imitate peoples styles, not on purpose, but because I was so brainwashed by social media I was doing it unconsciously.
Abi was also kind enough to share her story with me about her views to sticking to an individual voice,
‘I’m really inspired by people like Hannah Gale (queen), Sophie Cliff and Queen Beady, but I do get really nervous about trying to keep my own voice and originality. I love to read other blogs, but I really try to separate myself from those when it comes to writing my own stuff. When I started up again, I knew I wanted to be more “me”. I wanted to talk about things I would share with my friends, or give people advice on in real life, as well as share those random thoughts that come to you as you drive to work.’
Abi’s blog is wonderful and I especially love her advice posts. Taking Abi’s advice, I am going to be more “me”. I admire Abi’s chatty tone as it feels so relatable and approachable. It gives you a true insight to who she is as a person- a lovely girl btw! So with Abi’s blog to help me, I am going to keep quoting practically the whole blogging community by saying to myself: You do You Girl.
What am I doing about it now? Well I am trying to simplify my blog and life. I’m trying to buy things because I want them or want to try them. (Side note: I actually really don’t like the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and I am really annoyed I bought it.) I am going to write what I want, when I want, not matter what style of writing I use. I am going to try and show my true self in my blog and, at the same time, not take myself too seriously, because if you have ever met me in person, you would know that I like to joke around and have fun. So I am hoping my blog portrays that one day.
Thank you for reading and I will see you soon.